The ambitious program, flagged off at Bodinga LGA of the state, seeks to enhance access to all eligible children to universal basic education and promote retention, completion and transition of students from basic and secondary levels to tertiary institutions in the state.
Speaking at the event, Tambuwal said government will strenghten the enrollment drive to ensure that it achieved its objectives.
He said parents will be supported with a conditional cash transfer programmes by the government to ensure they allow their children attend classes.
In his remarks, UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer in Sokoto, Mohammad Mohiuddin, said the enrolment campaign could not have come at a time considering the fact that Sokoto has the highest number of primary school children that are out of school in the country most of who are girls.
He however said that the state is currently one of the five states in the North that is benefiting from UK and US governments’ funded Girls Education Progect phase 3.
In his remarks, the state commissioner for baic and secondary education, Dr. Muhammad Jabbi Kilgoresaid the theme for the enrolment drive is ‘Catch them early, keep them long.’
He said the campaign will be aggressively conducted to massively regiserchildren with special focus on girl child with a view to lay solid foundation on gender balance in schools.